CCA Events

Presented by the Office of Special Programs

Wednesday, January 29, 7:15–8:15 pm

Florence and Leo B. Helzel Boardroom, San Francisco Campus
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More info: Carol Pitts, cpitts@cca.edu

Join instructors Leonardo Zylberberg and Katherine Rinne and  for two information sessions:

Argentine Andean Frontiers

Argentine Andean Frontiers with Leonardo Zylberberg is a unique studio exploring the relationship of architecture and geography through the proposals of imaginary interventions in some of the most extraordinary landscapes in South America.

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Seeing Rome: An Architecture & Interiors Summer Studio

Seeing Rome with Katherine Rinne uses the weight of Rome's history as an exhilarating urban laboratory for extracting relevant lessons in design innovation and resilience.

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Presented by Painting/Drawing Program

Wednesday, January 29, 4:00–6:00 pm

Drawing Room (previously the PLAySPACE gallery)
Open to CCA community only

Info: Linda Geary at lgeary@cca.edu

The Open Critique Series is an experimental public forum designed to expand the critical dialogue and concerns of the Graduate Program in Fine Arts.

These critiques are led by current faculty and guest critics from the larger arts community including writers, curators, gallerists, and artists, among others.

In addition, we welcome and encourage active participation from all CCA students. It is our hope that through these critiques we will open up the conversation that occurs within the Fine Arts program to the larger community and simultaneously begin to engage the arts community in the critical dialogue that happens within the school.

This is an opportunity for students to get together for a critical review of work, and we encourage graduates, undergraduates, and faculty to attend.

Presented by the Office of Special Programs

Wednesday, January 29, 3:15–3:45 pm

Room N9
Open to current CCA students only
More info: Carol Pitts, cpitts@cca.edu

Information Sessions with Christina Seely, Victoria Wagner

Two information sessions from which to choose:

Tuesday, January 28, 11:15-11:45 a.m.
Oakland campus, B Building 1

Wednesday, January 29, 3:15-3:45 p.m.
San Francisco campus, N9

Commencing with immersive studio fieldwork in the mythic Scottish Highlands and shifting into a multifaceted engagement with the contemporary art world in London, this program offers a blend of studio and professional practice.

The course allows students time to form a sophisticated relationship with the landscape through 10 days of travel in the majestic Scottish Highlands, focusing on research, gathering of material for future works, and the intuitive and immersive facets of making.

Moving on to the vibrant city of London, students are able to consider the end goals and public life of their potential works within the contemporary art/design world.

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Presented by International Student Affairs and Programs Office (ISAP)

Wednesday, January 29, 3:00–4:00 pm

Graduate Center, San Francisco Campus
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Graduate Center, Room 4
Free and only open to CCA community
More info: Kim Bryant, kimbryant@cca.edu, 510.594.5071

This workshop is for F-1 international students who will be graduating in spring 2014. We will discuss what OPT is and when and how to apply for it, how to talk about OPT with employers, and provide tips and strategies for the job-search process.

Presented by the Office of Special Programs

Wednesday, January 29, 11:15–11:45 am

B Building, Room 1
More info: Carol Pitts, cpitts@cca.edu

 

Alternative info session with Mariella Poli:

Thursday, February 6, 3:15-3:45 p.m.
San Francisco campus, GC7

Rich in history and culture and with a singular place in the development of Western art, Italy offers unique perspectives to all students of the arts and design.

Once divided into small warring principalities, the Italian Peninsula still retains regional differences in art, architecture, dialect, and cuisine.

Today Italy faces political questions that reflect the pressures of modern globalization.

This course examines the art, culture, and everyday life in Italy, while providing students an opportunity to work in the medium of their choice. It also traces Italian art and culture from the Renaissance to present day.

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Presented by Career Development

Wednesday, January 29, 11:00 am–12:00 pm

Nave, San Francisco Campus
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Front of the Nave (at main information desk)

More info: Stephanie Smith

Stop by the Microsoft Information Table to meet company representatives and learn about internship and job opportunities.

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Microsoft will also be on campus for portfolio reviews on Thurs., Jan. 30.
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About Microsoft

Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. Imagine the opportunities you’ll have in a company with 90,000 employees in more than 100 countries, working on hundreds of products -- spanning games, phones, developer tools, business solutions, and operating systems.

Work from John Zurier's Summer Study Abroad Course

January 28–February 8

College Avenue Galleries, Oakland Campus
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Reception: Wednesday, January 29, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Group Exhibition

January 27–February 8

Isabelle Percy West Gallery, Oakland Campus
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Reception: Wednesday, January 29, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

January 27–February 1

Campus Center Galleries, San Francisco Campus
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Opening reception: Tues., Jan. 28, 3-4 p.m.
Free and open to the public

The Interior Design Program at California College of Art (CCA) provides an interdisciplinary design education that integrates critical artistic, technological, and material approaches into the practice of interior design.

The program philosophy departs from an understanding of the body in space, human scale, and perception. Students begin with the study of materials and space to create beautiful, functional, and captivating spaces.

They are challenged to be creative and visionary in order to meet the challenges and opportunities of the future -- to design with social and environmental issues in mind.

Their work reminds us that interior designers can produce ingenious and resourceful designs for materials as well as for spaces. Program faculty encourages the critical thinking necessary for an understanding of interior design as it relates to the accommodation and organization of human interactions, be it in the intimacy of the home, the open and collaborative workplace, or the public sphere of the city.

Adaptive reuse is a theme of the program, as we prepare designers for ethical and sustainable practice.

Juniors in the program have completed 6 studios, and the work presented here is exemplary of their curricular development and the identification of personal interests and creative passions and trajectories within the requirements that will shape their formation as designers in the next year and beyond the academic realm.

 

January 24–February 12

Oliver Art Center, 5212 Broadway Avenue (at College Avenue)
Opening Reception: February 5, 5:30-7:30
Hours: Mon.-Fri.,10-noon and 1-4 p.m.; Wed., 1-4 p.m.

Join us for the tenth annual Textiles Program student exhibition, Textilites, juried by Kate Nartker and Tali Weinberg.

Presented by the CCA Wattis Institute

January 23–March 29

Wattis Institute, San Francisco Campus
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Reception: Thursday, January 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Gallery hours: Tues.-Fri., noon-7 p.m.; Sat., noon-5 p.m.; closed Sun. and Mon.
Info: 415.355.9673 or wattis.org

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Hiller/Martin: Provisional Realities draws upon works by two artists of different generations, Susan Hiller and Daria Martin. Both were born in the United States (Martin was born and raised in San Francisco) and are now based in London.

The selection of works spans different moments in each artist’s practice. Martin works exclusively in 16-millimeter film, and Hiller operates across multiple mediums.

Martin’s film Soft Materials (2004) and Hiller’s installation Belshazzar’s Feast (1983-84) are the conceptual points of departure. Though they were created 20 years apart, both reveal a deep sensitivity to the fraught, yet potentially transformative, relationship between humans and technology.

The exhibition also approaches such expansive subjects as the unconscious, dreams, affect, feminism, and intimacy, as well as more unusual conditions such as telekinesis (as in Hiller’s Wild Talents [1997]) and mirror-touch synaesthesia (as in Martin’s Sensorium Tests [2012]).

The “provisional” of the title is meant to imply a specific kind of temporality, a conditional suspension of the present that favors a visionary way of thinking. Hiller and Martin’s respective artistic practices resist the security that a single, finite reality provides, and instead propose that parallel, alternative, and corrective realities can alter the way we perceive the past, present, and future.

Hiller/Martin: Provisional Realities is generously supported by the Kadist Art Foundation.

Founding support for CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts programs has been provided by Phyllis C. Wattis and Judy & Bill Timken. Generous support provided by Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund and the CCA Wattis Institute Curator’s Forum.

Presented by the CCA Wattis Institute

January 23–March 29
John Baldessari, "Two Voided Books," 1990

Wattis Institute, San Francisco Campus
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Reception: Thursday, January 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Gallery hours: Tues.-Fri., noon-7 p.m.; Sat., noon-5 p.m.; closed Sun. and Mon.
Info: 415.355.9673 or wattis.org

Codex is a rumination on the idea that even though books have effectively been “flattened” in our digital age, we persist in expecting our screen-based reading experiences to imitate “traditional” books: by retaining page numbers, by simulating the turning of pages, et cetera.

Numerous artists throughout history have experimented with transitioning books from three-dimensional to two-dimensional and vice versa, and it continues to be a recurring motif in the most recent contemporary art.

Codex will be organized around myriad works -- a virtual library -- presented on a central wall. Some of the works take the known form of the artist’s book; others venture further afield.

Codex was conceived by Pierre Leguillon, an artist and book collector, during his 2013 residency in San Francisco. The title is a reference to the earliest known bound books, which appeared between the 1st and 2nd century AD. Replacing the scroll, codexes made it possible to more intuitively hierarchize the content of a text and allowed more immediate access to a desired page.

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Codex is made possible through a collaboration with Geneva University of Art and Design (HEAD – Genève), Switzerland, and generously supported by swissnex San Francisco. Codex has was originally presented at Live in Your Head, HEAD – Genève’s curatorial institute.

Founding support for CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts programs has been provided by Phyllis C. Wattis and Judy & Bill Timken. Generous support provided by Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund and the CCA Wattis Institute Curator’s Forum.

 

Presented by the Architecture division

January 22–29

Nave, San Francisco Campus
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Free and open to the public
More info: architecture@cca.edu or 415.703.9562

The Tilt-Up Concrete Association has partnered with Andrew Kudless, associate professor of Architecture at California College of the Arts (CCA), and his students have fostered a laboratory for creativity and innovation in tilt-up concrete construction.

This exhibition represents CCA Architecture's contribution to the TCA's 2014 Competition, featuring student work from Kudless's fall 2013 Generative Design course.

 

Group Exhibition

January 20–February 1

Campus Center Galleries, San Francisco Campus
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Reception: Tuesday, January 21, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

A SOMArts Cultural Center graphic design exhibition

January 14–February 13

SOMArts Cultural Center | 934 Brannan Street | San Francisco

Opening event: Thursday, January 16, 6–9 p.m.
Gallery Hours: Tues.–Fri., Noon–7 p.m. & Sat., noon–5 p.m.
Free and open to the public

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All Possible Futures, curated by Graphic Design faculty member Jon Sueda, features speculative work created by contemporary graphic designers. It includes everything from self-generated provocations to experimental work created in parallel with client-based assignments to projects in which commissions have been tackled with a high level of autonomy and critical investigation.

The featured work reveals different levels of visibility and public-ness within the graphic design process. Some projects were made for clients and exist in a “real world” context, while others -- failed proposals, experiments, sketches, incomplete thoughts -- would otherwise be totally hidden and unnoticed.

All Possible Futures explores the potential of graphic design and celebrates a questioning of boundaries regarding concepts, processes, technologies, and form.

Participating graphic designers:

Abake; Appetite Engineers; Bob Aufuldish; Ludovic Balland; Rachel Berger; Peter Bil’ak; Catalogtree; Dexter Sinister; Daniel Eatock; Jan Evart, Julian Hagen, and Daniël Maarleveld; Experimental Jetset; Ed Fella; General Working Group; Hansje van Halem; David Karwan; Mr. Keedy; Na Kim; Jürg Lehni; Willem Henri Lucas; LUST; MacFadden and Thorpe; Karel Martens; Jeremy Mende and Bill Hsu; Metahaven; Mevis van Deursen; Moniker; Lesley Moore; Karl Nawrot & Walter Warton; Radim Pesko; Practise; Project Projects; PSY/OPS; ResearchCenteredDesign; Joel Stillman; Sulki and Min; Volume Inc.; and Zak Group

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All Possible Futures is made possible by the generous support of swissnex San Francisco.

This program is supported as part of the Dutch Culture USA Program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York.

The exhibition and accompanying publication were created with the generous help of a California College of the Arts faculty development grant.